The day originated in Sweden 25 years ago, and quickly caught on internationally, with people telling as many stories throughout the day and night as possible in long and short form in their native language. What better way to learn about culture than hearing the tales of others and the world around you?
Each year, the worldwide events in honor of the day are linked by a common theme. This year’s theme is Transformation, with the focus on the topic being as figurative or literal as the reader and writer would like. Recommended books on the theme include self-help (Wayne Dyer has plenty to offer), diet and exercise books; mental and spiritual books; technology and media books and home improvement books.
As for works of fiction and nonfiction, try The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; Holes by Louis Sachar; Ovid’s Metamorphoses; and memoirs also fit the theme of Transformation.
So how can you celebrate? Write a poem or story and read it aloud to a friend; volunteer to read at your local library or offer positive comments on a storyboard or reading blog.
Join the rest of the world and gather as many people as possible to tell and listen to stories with. It is only through storytelling that the imagination and creative temperament can transform and feel a heightened sense of happiness through words.